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2022 State of the Science Workshop

Building on Existing Knowledge and Emerging Collaborations 

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About the Workshop

State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy

July 26-28, 2022

Please find information on the workshop structure, goals, and themes below, followed by workshop policies, including Covid-19 protocols. 

Workshop Overview

Workshop Structure

The third State of the Science Workshop will offer opportunities across a multi-day program to discuss scientific research involving wildlife and offshore wind energy development. The preliminary agenda and symposia overview can be found here.

To enable broad participation, this meeting will have options for both virtual and in-person participation; additional details will be posted as they are confirmed.

Side Meetings

We are pleased to announce that a workshop titled Compensatory Mitigation for Birds: Opening a Dialog will be taking place at the venue from 1-2:30 pm on Tuesday, July 26th, free of charge and open to all who are interested in an open discussion-based meeting to brainstorm and begin outlining a proactive and strategic approach to compensatory mitigation related to impacts of offshore wind development on birds that can not be addressed through avoidance and minimization. For more information, see here. 

 

A second side meeting, titled Operating and Calibrating Offshore Motus Stations will be taking place at the venue from 3-5 pm on Tuesday, July 26th, free of charge and open to all who are interested in learning more about applied, technical aspects of managing offshore Motus stations. For more information, see here.

 

Workshop Goals

  • Engaging and informing interested stakeholders about the state of knowledge regarding wildlife and offshore wind energy development, including ongoing efforts to understand, minimize, and mitigate environmental impacts

  • Promoting regional coordination by sharing updates on research studies, guidelines development, and other efforts in the eastern U.S. and elsewhere

  • Promoting collaboration through expert information exchange and discussion

2022 Workshop Themes

The overarching theme of the 2022 Workshop is “Building on Existing Knowledge and Emerging Collaborations”. Six subthemes have been selected to showcase a breadth of research relating to offshore wind energy and wildlife in the eastern United States and worldwide:

  • Establishing a baseline: understanding wildlife populations and distributions in the U.S.

  • Risk assessments: approaches and challenges

  • Offshore wind development effects and species/ecosystem responses

  • Minimization and mitigation approaches

  • Cumulative impacts of offshore wind energy development

  • Collaborative processes to improve development and conservation outcomes

​Topics will include the effects of both fixed-foundation and floating offshore wind energy development on wildlife (including all vertebrates and invertebrates, including marine mammals, sea turtles, fishes, birds, bats, and benthos), oceanography, and the environment.

Workshop Policies

 

Code of Conduct

All participants are expected to behave in a professional and appropriate manner in all conference venues and conference social events. Please see the Doing Business with NYSERDA webpage for NYSERDA’s policies, including its harassment and discrimination policy. This policy applies to all conference participants. 

​Inappropriate behavior during conference activities includes the following: 

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form. 

  • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, or support staff member. 

  • Disruption of presentations. 

  • Inclusion of promotional materials in presentations, postings, and messages. 

  • Copying presentations, Q&A, verbal or written discussions, or chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space. This includes taking screenshots, making audio or visual recordings, and distributing said copies or recordings (via social media or any other means). Please be respectful of speakers and do not take or distribute pictures of or copy presentation materials without explicit permission from the speaker. 

Communication Guidelines
The convening parties of the workshop maintain responsibility for all press communications about the project. This event is a workshop and is not intended for the media. We respectfully request that participants contact the workshop planning team regarding the distribution of information related to the project.

Data Privacy
The virtual portion of the 2022 Workshop will occur within the event platform Cvent. The Cvent privacy policy is available here. If you choose to participate in the State of the Science Workshop you are also consenting to the following: Representatives of the State of the Science Workshop will be recording video sessions for attendees to view on the Cvent attendee hub for a period of time after the event. Any Q&A and Session Chats will be saved for the same amount of time. Written workshop proceedings will be made public following this event, but comments and information provided in any Q&A and Session Chats will not be attributed to an individual or organization (except in the case of workshop speakers answering questions about their own presentations). The State of the Science Workshop and NYSERDA may use the email you provided to contact you about future State of the Science events and proceedings, which you can opt-out of at any time.

Covid-19 protocols

In addition to any Covid-19 safety protocols that are imposed by the venue, we are requiring that in-person attendees and staff provide proof of vaccination through the Cvent Health Check app prior to the event, and strongly encouraging everyone to wear masks at all indoor events.

Concerns and questions about any of these policies should be directed to workshop organizers at eleanor.eckel@briwildlife.org.

Workshop Organizers

 

State of the Science Workshops are hosted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on behalf of the Offshore Wind Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG). This year's organizers include:

Scientific Planning Committee: 

Kate Williams, Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI; Committee Chair); Scott Ambrosia, Vineyard Wind; Bonnie Brady, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association; Shilo Felton, National Audubon Society; Liz Gowell, Orsted; Juliet Lamb, TNC; Carl LoBue, TNC; Pamela Loring, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Liz Marsjanik, Vineyard Wind; Kate McClellan Press, NYSERDA; Howard Rosenbaum, Wildlife Conservation Society

Organizing Committee:

Kate McClellan Press, NYSERDA (Committee Chair); Eleanor Eckel, BRI; Julia Gulka, BRI; Ed Jenkins, BRI; Kate Williams, BRI

 

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